End Of Year Sales | Holiday Party | Idaho Steelhead | Fly Tying Night

End Of Year Sales | Holiday Party | Idaho Steelhead | Fly Tying Night

Colorado’s Premier Fly Shop






Buy One Get One FREE Private Ranch 3/4 Day Wade Trip

41210-Buy One Get One FREE Private Ranch 3/4 Day Wade Trip
Check out our private water!

Back by popular demand!

You asked, you got it. Back again for another year is the Minturn Anglers Buy One Get One (BOGO) Free Private Ranch 3/4 Day fly fishing trip. This is two people on any of our private waters – Sweetwater and Frost Creek for the price of one! This is a $335 DISCOUNT so jump on this while Vail Pass is still snow free! Traveling in a group of 3? Not a problem, $185 gets another person to jump in on the fun. This is an awesome way to get your feet wet with guided fishing trips if you’ve never experienced it or if you have… ya get a rockin’ deal! Our private water is second to none and boasts huge fish that don’t see a lot of flies so jump on this killer deal this Winter before we make it public to the planet – currently exclusive to our email list!   

FLY TYING NIGHTS – Parker and Minturn!
41210-FLY TYING NIGHTS - Parker and Minturn
Photo by Bob Streb


Fly Nights at both locations!

Whether you’re in the hills or on the Front Range, Minturn Anglers has a fly tying event for you! Our Fly Tying Nights are FREE and offer a great way to brush up on your skills, learn new patterns or try different techniques and styles. Fly Tying Night is offered in Parker every other Thursday at the shop and is hosted by experienced fly tiers. The Parker location begins at 4pm and ends at 8pm and usually consists of a theme.
Our Fly Tying Night in Minturn takes place at the shop or at Vail Brewing Company every Tuesday up here in the Vail Valley starting at 6pm. Our focus is filling fly boxes for the Summer but we never turn down a tying question and are always happy to help.
Regardless of which one you’d like to attend, bring your vise, tools, materials and a light and get ready to have some fun! We offer discounts on tying material for all those who attend Fly Tying Night too!  

Vail Valley Fishing Reports 
41210-Vail Valley Fishing Reports
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Eagle River
Now is the time to be fishing the Eagle River. With all the snow, everyone’s on the mountains and the trout have no one to keep em honest! The warm weather of last week has left the Eagle River with a lot of open water, little shelf ice and lot’s of bug activity. Fish have been taking flies from #16 pheasant tails to #26 thread midges. The bite is on as the trout continue to fatten up for the Winter. See above for an awesome Winter Fly Fishing Special! Need a guide? We got em >>>
Gore Creek


It’s officially stealth time, especially with all the snow on the ground. Fish are still there and still eating, but you’re gonna stick out like a sore thumb. Plan on wearing lighter color jackets/tops to help ya blend in. Small bugs are the ticket as well as small streamers in the right place. Be careful getting to and from the river, slippery boulders fishin’ could really hurt your ski season!


Colorado River 
The Upper C is locked up good these days with ice and snow so focus your efforts on the lower river below New Castle. Blue Winged Olives and Midges are your flies of choice. worms are great lead flies as are Pat’s Rubber Legs. The Roaring Fork is fishing well too so if you find yourself in the area, give that a whirl as well!

Idaho Steelhead Feb. 7th – 29th!!!
41210-Idaho Steelhead Feb. 7th - 29th
Keep Em Wet_ More Details Here!


The Tradition Continues – Book your Idaho Steelhead Trip Today!!!
Our annual destination to the Clearwater River is in North Central Idaho, home to the largest strain of steelhead in the United States, and the best winter place in the states to fly fish for steelhead. The “Colorado Boys”, at least that’s what they call us to our face are welcomed in Idaho with open arms every year! We arrange for our staff to spend February7th through the end of the month up here every year and host/guide trips. We fish primarily on the Middle Fork in our drift boats from Kooskia down to Orofino. The locals and the scenery up here are all part of this experience, and a big part of what keeps us going back year after year. We see all kinds of wildlife, catch plenty of huge steelhead, and enjoy having a beer or two with the locals after a great day of fly fishing. Clearwater Valley is only 1,000 feet above sea level, with average highs in the 40’s and 50’s making this balmy steel-heading weather.
Our guides can row the Clearwater in their sleep, the lodging and meals are spectacular and the fishing is great and so is the experience. Call now (970-827-9500) or book online today!
Annual Holiday Party – Thursday Dec. 17th at 6pm!!!!

41210-Annual Holiday Party – Thursday Dec. 17th at 6pm
More Info Here



Our Awesome Annual Tradition Continues!
Come celebrate the holiday season with your best buds at Minturn Anglers. Like years past, we will have incredible raffle items, lot’s of delicious homemade food, beer courtesy of Upslope Brewing Company and most importantly, one hell of a good time!
This year our grand prize is a $500 shopping spree at Minturn Anglers so don’t miss out! We will be showing a short video of our Destination Travel Trip to Alaska and talk a little about this incredible trip before raffles and auctions commence. If you’ve been to one of our parties before, you know this is a hoot!
Also like years past we love to take this time to hang out, shoot the breeze, enjoy an adult beverage or six with our favorite customers and thank you for all your support and business. Party starts at 6pm! We’ll see you there!


Minturn Anglers Holiday Specials!

41210-Minturn Anglers Holiday Specials
Guided Trips make a great gift too!


Buy One Get One FREE on Private Water
Titan Rod Vaults – $349 ($150 savings) 
Last Years Rods and Reels – 25% OFF


25%-40% off Apparel – Simms, Patagonia, Sitka, Freefly, Howler Brothers and TrueFlies


15% off coolers – You know which ones…
25% off Packs and Bags
25% off Patagonia Waders and Boots
Call for more details and even better in-store specials!
970-827-9500 (Minturn)
720-851-4665 (Parker)
Front Range Fishing Reports

41210-Front Range Fishing Reports
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Bring out the spectacles, it’s midge season! The flies to fish are small and represent the tiniest of bugs but the trout are eatin’ them like Justin eats BBQ (that’s a lot). Red hots have been tricking a pile of fish as well as zebra midges and Rojo midges. Brown, black and grey foam back emergers are the ticket towards the middle of the afternoon as a BWO hatch comes off then. Fish those flies under a Duane Redford “Skinny Rig” or dry dropper. That’s right, dry dropper. As far as streamers and your big uglies… leave em at home. Flows are a generous 150cfs so start close to your feet and move your drifts further out. With Winter coming this past weekend, expect the crowds to taper off in the cold weather too!
Though the snow came down this weekend, most of your favorite little honey holes will still be fishing quite well. Focus on the creeks that get the most sun and avoid the canyon stretches if at all possible. These gems will only last for so long (except for the serious small creek aficionado) so get on out there and catch some fish with a little snow around ya! Be safe on the shelf ice please.

11 Mile Canyon

This tailwater remains stellar through the colder months of the year. Find the spots with the least ice and the most sun for your best opportunities of finding feeding fish. Focus your efforts closest to the dam to get away from the gear guys and find the most bug activity. Late morning til early evening is the best time to go and don’t forget your dry flies! If you’re a numbers guy, nymphing is your best bet. Rainbow Warriors trailed with sz. 22-24 midges are the way to go in this clear water gem.
Urban South Platte
It’s Tyler’s favorite time of the year. Carp fishing time. Find that renegade all over the South Platte off of Santa Fe this time of year. From the football stadium to the reservoir, the carp are aplenty and looking to eat your bugs. On the coldest days, look to the head of runs and riffles where the carp will sit and ‘pout’. On warmer days like last week, keep an eye to the flats as well, they’ll spread out a little bit and soak in the sun. Spot fishing is doable before it gets wicked cold. Fish in teams and wrangle em together. Carp Bitters, Pats Rubber Legs, Headstands and Hybrid Worms are the cat’s meow for now. Eggs will get em too. Has anyone else seen the huge trout coming out of the S. Platte in town recently too (hint, hint)?
See ya at The Fly Fishing Show Jan 8-10th!

It’s time to nail down your 2024 fly fishing trip with Minturn Anglers.

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